Decluttering creative corners to find festive abundance- PART 1

It's that time of year where we traditionally all begin to reflect on our lives and what we want for ourselves in the future. This is something I usually do over the holidays and this year will be no exception.

But what I know right now is that for the last few years I've been working to get into a habit of minimising stuff and making space.

Ultimately I want to feel lighter and more abundant, so that I have less distractions and more focus,  so can I be ready to lift myself and other people up through what I do in my business and creative life. perhaps you feel a similar feeling about all those things that are weighing you down.

After a month of #Minsgame in November at home, getting rid of another 465 items from my flat, I also wanted to make a big dent in the contents of my studio, so it can return to being a place I want to be, where I can create lightly and where I feel peaceful and content.

So, I started decluttering my studio – not for the first time this year I might add!

This supposedly special space has really suffered in the last couple of months, with me being busy with running creative crafts workshops, back and forth, back and forth of bags of materials, only having time to swap stuff that I didn’t need with what I did need for the next workshop, never time to put it away in those carefully labelled boxes and ever expanding by adding new materials each time that say

‘I might need this’. Gaaaaahhhhh!

It's just not true because I know from experience that things I need tend to turn up when I need them, especially with the Swap Shop in the building.

I spent about 8 hours sorting out this heap of stuff, box by box, shelf by shelf. I got rid of about 6 stuffed Ikea bags and kept clearing until I got tired and hungry and had to go home.
 

BEFORE

 The studio from all angles- BEFORE

The studio from all angles- BEFORE

Clutter-tastic

 some of the clutter out

some of the clutter out


AFTER

I also had a desire to remind myself how abundant I already am, how much I already have. So I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do this. I begun digging out objects and materials that could potentially be transformed into Christmas presents to give to my loved ones.

I did this as I went around making space and this is what I ended up with.
 

A mountain of merry gift making materials

Right there are 2 boxes and a bag full of bits and pieces, materials and containers.

Since then I've been creating gifts from these things and I will post PART 2 to show you what I've created very soon- especially some affordable and quick last minute gifts.

with warmth and wonder

Jaimie x